Trinidadian-born rapper Nicki Minaj has released her new single, “We Go Up (Extended)”, featuring American rapper Fivio Foreign.
Noted for her versatility as an artist, her lyricism and animated flow in her rapping and her usage of alter egos and accents, Nicki Minaj first gained recognition after releasing three mixtapes between 2007 and 2009.
Nicki Minaj rose to fame with her debut album, Pink Friday (2010), which topped the U.S. Billboard 200. The fifth single, “Super Bass”, reached number three on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 and became the highest charting solo song by a female rapper since 2002. It also became the second song by a solo female rapper to become diamond certified in the US.
The follow-up album, Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded (2012), saw Minaj exploring a dance-pop sound, and reached number one in several countries worldwide. Her third and fourth studio albums, The Pinkprint (2014) and Queen (2018), explored more personal topics and marked a return to her hip hop roots. The former’s second single, “Anaconda”, became the first solo female rap video to reach one billion views on YouTube.
Nicki Minaj’s collaboration with Karol G, “Tusa”, became the longest running number one single in Argentina. Minaj spawned her first and second U.S. number one singles with her remix of Doja Cat’s “Say So” and her collaboration with 6ix9ine “Trollz” in 2020, becoming the first female rapper in 22 years to debut at number one on the chart with the latter. All of her albums have reached the top two in the U.S. with the re-release of Beam Me Up Scotty (2009), having the highest debut for a female rap mixtape.
Cited as the latest “Queen of Rap” and the “Queen of Hip Hop” by several media outlets, Minaj is also one of the best-selling music artists, with 100 million records sold worldwide. Billboard ranked her as the top female rapper of the 2010s, and seventh among the top female artists.
Her accolades include eight American Music Awards, five MTV Video Music Awards, six MTV Europe Music Awards, twelve BET Awards, four Billboard Music Awards, a Brit Award, and three Guinness World Records.
In 2016, Time included her on their annual list of the 100 most influential people in the world. Outside of music, her film career has included voice roles in the animated films Ice Age: Continental Drift (2012) and The Angry Birds Movie 2 (2019) as well as supporting roles in the comedy films The Other Woman (2014) and Barbershop: The Next Cut (2016). She is currently the most followed rapper on Instagram with over 175 million followers.